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NPR’s "Doyenne of Dirt" Dishes A New Blog: "Talking Plants With Ketzel Levine" Now At


Washington, D.C. – Just in time for summer gardening, NPR’s well-known and respected “Doyenne of Dirt” – senior correspondent and horticulture expert Ketzel Levine – shares her knowledge in “Talking Plants,” a new blog for all levels of green thumbs.

The blog is available at

“My goal is to gather a community of people and, with irreverence, humor and shared pleasure, meet new plants and cool plant people, visit incredible private gardens, savor inside-industry gossip, swap dead plant stories and get the odd gardening question answered,” notes Levine, who reports for the NPR newsmagazine Morning Edition and is also a garden book author. “The blog is produced for people who love plants, nurseries, gardens, prairies, mountains, forests, and other assorted eco-wonders.”

In “Talking Plants,” Levine writes about the joys, triumphs, and mishaps of working with plants (including a “Why Did My Plant Die?” section), and invites fellow gardeners to share stories. Visitors can post plant photos and get inspiration from Levine’s own pictures on the “Talking Plants” photo group:

Levine’s relationship with NPR has been “growing” since 1977. She helped launch Morning Edition in 1979, and became the show’s arts and sports editor. After working for the BBC in London, Levine returned to NPR as an arts reporter. In 1992, she turned her love of gardening into a 10-year segment on Weekend Edition Saturday, where she earned her “Doyenne of Dirt” nickname from host Scott Simon. From 2000 to 2004, she produced a “Talking Plants” Web site while reporting on gardening and the environment for Morning Edition. Her year-long series “Take Two” in 2005 captured the turmoil and elation of people reinventing themselves through new careers. In 2007, Levine began filing reports on the world of flora for Morning Edition as part of NPR’s “Climate Connections” series, a year-long initiative on all programs and throughout new media focusing on how the environment changes people and vice versa.


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